Jagame Thandhiram Review - Story:
Suruli (Dhanush), a small-time hotheaded gangster from Madurai gets himself involved in London crime syndicate after aiding an underworld kingpin(James Cosmo) and he has to face the lethal consequences for his acts. Can he unstrangle himself? How big of a toll does his time in the underworld take on his personal life?
Jagame Thandhiram Review - Analysis:
Jagame Thandhiram is powered by stellar performances from the lead cast. The lead actors Dhanush, Joju George, James Cosmo and Aishwarya Lekshmi breathe life into the characters with their exquisite performances. The casting is bang on point.
Jagame Thandhiram starts off as a racy gangster flick and soon shifts gears as Suruli aka Dhanush sets out on an audacious adventure in the London underworld. But just as the film looks set to gain momentum it loses the steam and draws a blank on the all-important emotional connect which is quintessential for any gangster drama, or as a matter of fact for any film.
The story of a small-time gangster from Tamil Nadu taking up an influential role in London crime world looks interesting on paper but it needs novel writing and intricate screenplay to make for a good viewing. But in the case of Jagame Thandhiram, the narrative is bland and farcical. The backstory behind the core plot pertaining to Tamil refugees is potent and is culturally significant but it doesn’t gel quite well with the screenplay.
Dhanush delivers a spotless performance and so do Joju George and James Cosmo. But their good work is subdued by flawed narration. The film needed a better structure to make for a compelling watch.
Santosh Narayanan’s background score is as good as it gets. Shreyaas Krishna’s cinematography is of top-tier quality. The visual presentation is exquisite. The film scores well on the technical front but unimaginative writing works against the cause.
Jagame Thandhiram Review - Verdict:
Jagame Thandhiram is an insipid gangster drama which falters due to lethargic writing. It makes for an underwhelming watch.